Today, thanks to prompter, Woody Leslie, we're trying WordBlocks:
Words have multiple meanings. Meanings have multiple words. I think of wordblocks as a single-word stand-in to express multiple meanings, or an ambiguity of meanings. I use them in my writing all the time, and often generate them as a warm-up exercise before I write.
- Write a word.
- Make a list of other words that are related to this word, in meaning or in spelling.
- Combine these words into one wordblock sharing letters. (See pictures for example)
- Keep rearranging, adding, or subtracting words until you have a wordblock you like aesthetically both visually, and linguistically. A wordblock rarely looks great on the first try. Wordblocks have vast potential both handwritten, and typeset either digitally or with moveable letterpress type.
- Your wordblock can stand alone as a one-word poem, or be placed in a sentence. Try stringing multiple word blocks together. The result is a sentence that provides multiple ways to navigate it.
I've already spent far too much time on this one and this is all I've got:
And then, after sitting at the beach sipping a tequila and watching the sun go down an hour later because the time changed here this weekend, I realized I meant more like this:
Nobody can be more surprised than I am at how this particular prompt is staying with me. Look what happened today (April 5)! Whatever can it mean?